A New York City marathon runner who apparently collapsed with just 200 meters left was helped across the finish line by strangers, heartwarming video captured at Sunday’s race.
When a man in a black tank top appeared to stumble under his own weight after nearly completing the grueling 26.2-mile race, two men each grabbed an arm of the struggling runner and lifted him up as they walked their way towards the finish line together while other runners sped by, video shows.
Another man can be seen walking behind the man making sure he doesn’t fall back.
The crowd in Central Park roars with cheers at witnessing the moment.
“I was there!! We saw this and cried! It was EXTRAORDINARY. That loud ‘whoo’ was me I know it!! We were screaming ‘your time does not matter’!!! He’s your brother. Pick him up!! Go go go!! Best moment,” commented Stacie Handwerker on the video, posted by Good News Movement.
Karly Sisco commented that she also witnessed the moment, writing: “I actually saw this. It was amazing to see everyone come together.”
The NYC Marathon celebrated its 50th installation on Sunday, drawing over 30,000 athletes from across the globe.
Two Kenyans were crowned the winners in the men’s and women’s races this year: Albert Korir, 27, crossed the finish line with a time of 2:08:22, while the women’s title went to Peres Jepchirchir, 28, who clocked 2:22:39.